The ancient herb boswellia has natural benefits similar to arthritis painkiller medicines but without harmful side effects. All of us want the pain to stop. We know it’s harmful to keep taking drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen or prescriptions that only mask the problem.
Clinically-proven boswellia extract is an anti-inflammatory alternative health medicine for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
My husband and I have successfully taken a supplement containing this natural herb for osteoarthritis pain relief since 2003. Not only does it significantly reduce pain, it promotes flexibility and comfortable movement even after overexertion.
Boswellia is a tree found in India known for its gum resin which has many pharmacological uses, particularly as an anti-inflammatory. It’s also known as Indian frankincense, salai guggal, and boswellin. Its proper botanic name is boswellia serrata.
As a side note, the Biblical incense frankincense was probably an extract from the resin of the tree, boswellia sacra.
Boswellia has been used for thousands of years to treat many types of conditions. Recent research has determined many of the conditions were caused by inflammation.
Modern science has demonstrated that boswellic acids contained within the resin can inhibit leukotrienes--harmful inflammatory eicosanoids responsible for inflammation in the body. Leukotrienes are thought to directly influence the disease process in a number of different disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.
The most convincing study for the beneficial affect of boswellia for osteoarthritis is a randomized double blind placebo controlled trial, Boswellia Serrata Supplement Human Research Update: Efficacy and tolerability in treatment of osteoarthritis of knee.
Published in Phytomedicine in January, 2003 this research examined thirty patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. Half of the patients received daily supplementation with 333 mgs of boswellia. The other half received a placebo. After the first intervention, washout was given and then the groups were crossed over to receive the opposite intervention for eight weeks.
All patients receiving boswellia reported decrease in knee pain, increased knee flexion and increased walking distance. The frequency of swelling in the knee joint was decreased. Radiologically there was no change, meaning the disease had not progressed (there is no cure for arthritis; at best, one can hope to forestall progression).
The observed differences between boswellia-treated and placebo being statistically significant, were clinically relevant. Boswellia serrata extract was well tolerated by the subjects except for minor gastrointestinal symptoms.
The conclusions were: “Boswellia serrata extract is recommended in the patients of osteoarthritis of the knee with possible therapeutic use in other arthritis.”
Other boswellia studies have demonstrated its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Disease studies with good reports include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and bursitis.
Boswellia is recommended for rheumatoid arthritis. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it inhibits pro-inflammatory mediators in the body, such as leukotrienes. There are no known significant side effects. Long-term use of the herb, as opposed to NSAIDs, does not appear to cause irritation or ulceration of the stomach. Minor stomach discomfort is an occasional complaint.
Between 1994 and 2007 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received tens of thousands of adverse event reports concerning issues with some dietary supplements. In response the FDA announced July, 2007 the final rule on the current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) ending 13 years without regulation of the dietary supplement industry.
The rules require manufacturers to test the purity and composition of their products. They do not require pre-market testing of a product being marketed, nor clinical studies to prove that the product actually works!
Indeed, at the inception of the cGMP industry critics from many quarters have complained they do not require standardized industry testing, allowing compliance by even the most cursory of tests. Healthcare critics complain the rules do not require clinical testing to establish efficacy of the marketed products.
As lax as the rules are constructed, the statistics from the FDA's facility inspections show well over half of manufacturers are in non-compliance.and break the rules.
The recent history of supplement recalls brings into question whether the cGMP regulations have resolved the dietary supplement quality issues, for which they were intended.
Examples of problems the new regulations were designed to prevent are:
As outlined above, dietary supplements are legally sold in the U.S. that have no scientific research whatsoever to validate their effectiveness in the human body.
The vast majority of companies do not clinically test because of the added expense to do so and it's not required. This means a significant percent of the dietary industry’s products currently for sale have been made with no clinical studies and with no standardized ingredient testing. That’s why it’s important to become a savvy consumer and shop around for reputable brands (usually made by large well-established companies).
The new FDA rules that test for ingredient purity are an improvement, but they lack “teeth” to regulate the industry the way the FDA regulates pharmaceuticals.
Simply stated, the new FDA regulations don’t require dietary supplement companies to prove that their products work. Critics of the new cGMPS question a consumer’s lack of assurance that supplements containing boswellia, for example, are effective for the purpose of their purchase.
This lack of an efficacy factor has existed since 1994 within the dietary supplement industry. It continues today.
That’s why it’s important to choose a bowellia herb product carefully.
An explosion of public interest is occurring in using herbal supplements to treat arthritis and other diseases. The ease of entry into the market, coupled with lax regulations, has created a market flooded with new products by new manufacturers. At the same time, there’s interest in natural products among physicians and scientists.
Boswellia is well researched, effective and safe. It’s clear that a high quality, pure extract of this herb in a natural product can do the job, which begs the question:
How can you be sure that the product you buy is from a reputable company?
The single most important factor that separates a high quality dietary supplement company from the others is double-blind, placebo-controlled scientific studies by the company on its own products. Results of such testing can reasonably guarantee ingredient purity, potency, dose accuracy and efficacy for the product line.
In doing my own research, I prepared a list of 30 questions to help me find the most notable industry standard-bearer.
The answers led me only to the industry leader, founded in 1956—a recognized pioneer in the natural nutrition industry. From what I can tell, the science behind each of their products is second to none. They’ve invested more than $250 million in clinical testing, research and development and have over 135 published studies, 100 of which in peer-reviewed scientific journals—more than any other nutritional company! Even before the cGMPs, this 'beyond organic' supplement maker was voluntarily operating as if regulated the same as a pharmaceutical company. I believe that's a testament to their integrity.
Their natural products are reputed to be always safe, always works, always green.
As the #1 natural nutrition company in the U.S., they fully guarantee each product’s purity and potency will remain intact from manufacturing, to warehouse, to shipper, to you. They are committed to purity and quality, and guarantee you’ll experience a difference or your money back.
In 2003, they introduced three pain products, two of which feature boswellia extract. The first is a boswellia (1,000 mg) and safflower (150 mg) complex called Complex for Pain Relief that my husband and I use for natural pain relief for just about any kind of pain, whether caused by arthritis or not. It's gentle on the stomach, contains no aspirin, and provides wonderful results. We actually use the product daily, because it's herbal and works better over time--continual use of the recommended dosage keeps all our pain in check. It also helps with inflamed joints from our osteoarthritis and improves our overall comfortable joint movement.
The second is a boswellia (1,500 mg) and glucsoamine (1,500 mg) complex for Joint Health that we use specifically for arthritis symptoms of mobility, flexibility, joint swelling, stiffness and overall function. It also promotes long-term joint health through a unique blend of key joint health nutrients: zinc, copper, manganese, and vitamin C – each playing a unique and critical role in building healthy connective collagen and cartilage*.
My husband has shoulder osteoarthritis and I have neck arthritis. My husband used to have extreme swelling, stiffness and aching of his knees every day, especially on days after playing tennis. But he recently had total knee replacements, which eliminated knee arthritis. In the late 1990's knee replacement was recommended but he continued to play tennis for 17 more years by using the pain trio of products when they were introduced in 2003. Previously, he used over-the-counter pain killers all the time. Now he’s able to play tennis four times a week, and is completely off the anti-inflammatory drugs.
These two featured supplements offer complementary patent-pending combination of clinically-tested natural ingredients and contain no artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors, or preservatives.
We’re very satisfied with the results because we have the safety of a natural remedy, not an arthritis pain relief medicine (drug). In our minds, we’ve found the best boswellia serrata supplements available. We don’t have to worry about ingredient purity and potency--we’ve chosen the best company we could find.
In lieu of NSAID medicines for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, I confidently recommend both of these products. For price and ordering information, click on the links below:
New Advanced Joint Health Complex.(scroll down on this link for a short video showing how this product has been clinically shown to help joints feel better in less than 5 days.
See also this "pain trio" link and scroll it for Our Arthritis Stories and more..
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